I have chronic hepatitis C which is symptomatic. The lining of GI
tract is all inflamed, as well as most other parts of my body. My first
problem is that one of the side effects is constantly being tired and
dizzy, with a lot of memory loss.
If I try to help it by exercising, it makes my whole system very ill,
and also I've been told many times that a lot of rest is indicated for
chronic hepatitis. Also, I need to work to keep me sane. Yet, work is
very strainful with a lot of stress. Is there any solution?
I hope that you are under the care of a physician. If not, you should
be. My recommendation is that you comply with his/her directions. He or she
should have the best judgment about your activity and work
schedule. If you feel like you're bored out of your gourd because you
shouldn't be working, or exercising, I suggest that you consult
with a psychologist with a background in Behavioral Medicine. Ask your
treating physician for a referral. If he or she is not aware of any, and
you belong to a managed care organization, contact them. You could also
call your state Psychological Association. They maintain directories of
members with their areas of specialization.
The important thing is that you don't want to cut off your nose to spite
your face. If your doctor doesn't want you working or exercising, learn
to deal with these restrictions and find other ways to satisfy your
needs. You can do it, but you may need some professional help along the
way. All the best.
Reid Hester, Ph.D.
Reid K. Hester, Ph.D.
Director, Research Division
Behavior Therapy Associates
3810 Osuna Rd NE Suite 1
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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